Scott Lee Kittinger (59)

Carmi, Illinois
Birth: December 12, 1964
Death: January 2, 2024

Scott Lee Kittinger, 59, of Carmi, Illinois, died Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana, surrounded by his family and several of his friends. He was born December 12, 1964, in Benton, Illinois, the son of Donald Lee Kittinger and Connie Lou (Parrish) Kittinger. He was married to Melissa (Blake) Kittinger and she survives.

Scott was well-known in the music world as an accomplished bass guitarist. His music led him to all parts of the world, whether playing in local venues, or around the world in 2004 with the Armed Forces Entertainment playing for our troops in remote outposts such as the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Over the years, he was a member of numerous successful musical groups, and he had a passion for helping others through his music by participating in many benefit concerts.

Other areas of interest were muzzle-loading firearms, fly fishing, hunting, and, when he became unable to hunt, he would monitor his father-in-law’s trail cameras. Scott had a loving heart and had a rapport with everyone he met from toddlers to geezers and everyone in between. He never knew a stranger. In the spirit of giving, he donated his long hair to Locks of Love. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Carmi, and in his later years, he attended Roads Church in Norris City, Illinois.

Survivors include his father, Don Kittinger of Carmi; wife, Melissa Kittinger, and daughter Fallon Kittinger, both of Carmi; sons Hunter Kittinger-Welch of Carmi, and Trenton Kittinger of Hatfield, Indiana; brothers Brad (Monya) Kittinger of Brunswick, Maine, and Ronnie Paul (Carrie) Kingery of Evansville, Indiana; grandchild Kàra Kittinger; Godchildren Nolan and Julia Kingery. Scott was a loving uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Connie Kittinger; mother-in-law Sandra Blake; grandparents Herman and Lucille Kittinger and Jack and Fannie May Parrish; and cousins Mike and Tony Gott.

Visitation is 5-8 pm, Friday, January 5, 2024, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi, Illinois. Funeral is 10 am, Saturday, January 6, 2024, at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi with burial in Melrose Cemetery in Carmi.

A celebration of Scott’s life will be at the Carmi Elks Lodge beginning at 5 pm, Saturday, January 6, 2024.

Memorial contributions may be made to Scott’s family to assist with expenses and will be accepted at Cook Funeral Chapel, 101 Edgewood Lane, Carmi, Illinois 62821.

Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi, Illinois, is in charge of all arrangements.

Visitation: Cook Funeral Chapel, Carmi, Illinois - Friday, January 5, 2024 - 5-8 pm
Service: Cook Funeral Chapel, Carmi, Illinois - Saturday, January 6, 2024 - 10 am
Burial: Melrose Cemetery, Carmi, Illinois
Memorials: Cook Funeral Chapel, 101 Edgewood Lane, Carmi, IL 62821

9 thoughts on “Scott Lee Kittinger”

  1. Mary Jane Spencer

    I am so deeply saddened to hear of Scott’s passing. Our family always had a special fondness for the Kittinger
    family and will always remember the many kindnesses they extended to us. Herman and Lucille were Dear friends of my parents. I’ll never forget what a special little boy Scott was. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  2. So sorry for your loss. Scott was a skilled musician. I love watching them play when I saw them a few times. Prayers for Melissa, Fallon and the rest of his family.

  3. A beautiful smile for a beautiful soul and spirit. His battle is over and I’m sure he and Mike are making great music again. My family’s prayers are with you, Don and Scott’s entire family.

  4. Prayers from Albert Rachel shutt strickland pollard we’ll never forget going to school with him was always very kind

  5. My name is Alice Ewan I’m from herrin ok but live now in Arizona. I spent almost a month with Scott in the early 1990s on a trip for rotary international thru my work. Scott was a great guy and we had alot of good times during that trip. He was a gentleman and a very funny guy. It’s was like having a big brother on the trip even though I’m older than him. I’m so sorry that he passed and I am praying for you all. I just wanted you to know I never for got him and was so sorry to hear the news. Sincerely yours Alice Ewan from casa grande az.

  6. I worked with Scott at the Carmi Times for many years and always enjoyed working with him. I even did a story on him when he put in a Rumford fireplace in his house. Scott was a great guy, and I’m sorry to hear of his passing. Deepest sympathies to his family.

  7. Amy Roser Stieler

    Scott was such a big fun personality. He had such a warm, great smile and gentle sweet spirit. Scott was such a special guy. I have great memories of him through school. My prayers and thoughts are with the entire Kittinger Family.

  8. Patricia and Mark Brown

    He has been a friend of my husband’s for years…thus, he became my friend. We went to black powder events in Metropolis, IL and civil war events in Paducah, KY. He sang and played his guitar at our wedding. Life happened and we didn’t really see each other since those times. We are happy he is no longer in pain and hope he is back to his old self in God’s country. We love you, Scott, and we know with your winning personality; you will be missed. We pray for your family.

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